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Old 05-22-2013, 08:29 PM   #1 
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Talking Light On for Cycle?

in two posts i have seen about the tank cycling i have seen people mentioning to leave the aquarium light on at all times. is this true that i should do that? i have LED lights in my currently cycling tank. and if those statements are true about leaving the lights on... what good does it do?

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:41 PM   #2 
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I've never heard that it helps the tank cycle. Bacteria don't need light as a food source, so it shouldn't really affect it.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:12 PM   #3 
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If you have plants then a 8-10 hour photo period is required but no, you don't need to have your lights on. I assume you are doing Fish-less here? If you've got a fish in there however, a small amount of light a day would be good, no light helps keep stress down and the cycle is already stressful enough on them so the added stress would just not be good. Otherwise no, you don't need lights.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:36 PM   #4 
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Nitrosomonas is actually photophobic :P
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:37 PM   #5 
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lilnaugrim: i AM doing a fishless cycle using pure ammonia. I wouldnt want to take the chance with a fish-in cycle and stress my betta!
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lilnaugrim: i AM doing a fishless cycle using pure ammonia. I wouldnt want to take the chance with a fish-in cycle and stress my betta!
Okay, I was just making sure since I didn't see it anywhere in your original post :) For that, light doesn't make a difference. But higher temps (around 85-86) is really good for bacteria growth as well as extra oxygen :)
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:40 PM   #7 
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Yah my temp is staying at inbetween 82 and 85... Once the cycle is done i will turn it down to stay at 78-80 degrees for my betta.. Probably around 80
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Yah my temp is staying at inbetween 82 and 85... Once the cycle is done i will turn it down to stay at 78-80 degrees for my betta.. Probably around 80
Yep, that's good!
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